These expectations have been tempered by reality. As ISON got closer to the sun, it heated up, causing water and other gasses to evaporate from its surface and form a tail. The comet brightened, but not quite as much as early reports suggested it might. But last night the object may have finally “turned on,” increasing perhaps 10 times in brightness (scientists are still working on the numbers).
Bicycle designers from Hungary have revealed the Stringbike in Padova, Italy, a bike design that drops the common chain in favour of a wire and pulley system.
In June 2005, an intruder deleted a database at an unnamed company and demanded payment to restore it. The FBI prepared a search warrant affidavit and was ready to ask a judge for authorization to deliver the CIPAV through the hacker’s Yahoo e-mail account. They were briefly thwarted when the intruder stopped communicating with the victim, but after a month of silence the hacker reestablished contact and, presumably, got the FBI’s spyware for his trouble.
Magic Sword is now losing a few thousand dollars every year. Confident of future success, Kong Yi compensates for this loss with the money from the acquisition by Tom.com, supplemented by income from ads, fees paid by readers and a string of copyright sales. (As with other Chinese literature sites, anyone can publish stories and most of the content is free, but there is a fee to read the most popular novels.)
Vue is aimed at helping driving sales of Sony’s new generation PS4 console as well as generating recurring revenue streams from loyal users. PS 4 and rival Xbox One from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) use exclusive gaming and video streaming content as bragging rights and enticements to consumers to boost sales of the gaming machines. While gamers and others may like the idea of cutting the cable cord, the Vue is not inexpensive.
Xiaomi’s office is brightly lit and decorated with huge paintings. A mutt that workers adopted off the street sleeps in his doghouse on the first floor. One flight up, a sprawling room is filled with customer-service reps chattering into phones, attempting to solve users’ issues around the world. Though China is Xiaomi’s largest market, in 2013 the firm hired Hugo Barra, previously Google’s product manager for Android, to oversee global expansion. “These are phones for the generation that will never have access to a computer,” Barra says. “They’re discovering the Internet from their phones.” Xiaomi’s edge, he says, is that it continuously produces new upgrades. “We build hardware, but we take a very software way of doing it. We do a software update every week!” These updates often incorporate the voluminous feedback that Xiaomi gets from its deeply involved fans: A single post by Xiaomi’s team on the company’s customer forums can receive 100,000 replies discussing the latest tweak to the operating system.
Tesla acquired SolarCity in November, and has been working to remake a money-losing company that was selling commoditized solar systems into a premium energy brand.
And maybe, just maybe, this is only step one. A precursor. A useful stopgap while we wait for computers to get even smaller, even cheaper, even more integrated into the fabric (literally and figuratively) of our lives. If Microsoft’s long-term plan is to make sure that it’s ready for whatever comes after smartphones, after tablets, it makes perfect sense to encourage developers to build for devices as disparate as augmented-reality goggles and gigantic tablet screens. Then, when one of its partners makes something new and industry-changing, developers can get on board well before Microsoft sees the potential.
The auction opens in Los Angeles tonight, but there will also be an online auction on eBay starting tomorrow (Friday) night for those of us who aren’t close enough to attend in person. Check out the preview for the auction on the website!
For its part, Stripe recently started offering support for Alipay, the hugely popular Chinese online payment platform. “Not to do the classic answer of ‘there’s plenty of room for all of us,’ but there really is plenty of room for all of us,” John Collison says. “We don’t think Stripe will be the only company nor do I think is it particularly helpful for Stripe to be the only company.”
Syria. In September 2007, the Israeli Air Force stageda raid inside Syria. The target? A site near the Euphrates River, later described in a report by Institute for Science and International Security as a suspected reactor. The Syrians subsequently bulldozed the site, but the Bush administration released intelligence photos – showing a building that appeared to match the external structure of the North Korean reactor at Yongbyon. That presentation is still online.
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While opposition to the program has been bipartisan, no Republican has yet signed on to any of these bills.
After a while, I got to a point where it was time to get back to the cabinet. I started wiring the speakers for sound, the marquee (the panel with the name of the game above the screen) and my favorite part, a piece of circular Luminglass mounted where the coin door would be that shoots out green lightning (see picture) like a Borg recharging station. I also began designing the panel overlay for the controls – I selected a bird’s-eye view of a flying saucer. The green lighted trackball would form the glowing center of the saucer.
As the number of complaints continue to rise following credit reporting agency Equifax’s massive hack last week, the scale and scope of the breach is troubling cybersecurity experts who warn nearly every adult in the United States could have been affected.
Sharp, which makes everything from televisions to solar panels to display panels for Apple Inc.’s iPhones, turned to its two main banks in May 2015 for its second rescue in three years. In the fiscal year that ended March 2015, Sharp suffered a net loss of 222 billion yen.
But they also cringe at official corporate warnings that consumers should support open, unrestricted sharing of private information for their own good.
As Taliban commanders hid in a mosque, directing the attack, U.S. and Afghanistan soldiers in the valley below fought off attacks from all sides. Using the VBS2 software and The Cave to illustrate how the battle progressed, Army commanders and analysts were able to look at the battle from all angles, including enemy positions and their movement, and include the Army’s defense and response tactics.
While the technologies provide complementary benefits in performance, “the question is cost, because consumers have to pay a double premium,” according to Dan Benjamin, an analyst at ABI Research. Benjamin said that installing diesel engines and adding hybrid systems each increase the cost of a vehicle by a few thousand dollars, so price “will be an issue for the rest of the decade.”
“Mr. Armey was adamant about keeping those provisions in the bill,” said Richard Diamond, a spokesman for Armey, who recently retired after 18 years in Congress. “He felt the programs were not consistent with free society.”
Wired: Actual generic names of medications; treatments realistically match up to illnesses; funny artwork from Len Peralta; great conversation starter about health care and insurance.
Madison is a lot like a wiki or content management system such as Drupal and WordPress, but instead of juggling blog posts or technical documentation, its users manage policy.
“Justice authorities must prosecute that, even on the internet,” he said, noting that offenders could face up to five years in jail. “Anyone who tries to manipulate the political discussion with lies needs to be aware (of the consequences).”
Security experts – run ragged by the Code Red worm – have had a hard time keeping up with all the patches. In a post last Friday to a popular security mailing list for Windows NT, security expert and list editor Russ Cooper complained that he found inconsistent information about security threats on different Microsoft websites and had trouble figuring out exactly what he needed to do to secure a server running Windows NT 4.0 from the dreaded Code Red.
Retailers “are all very particular, and some are more particular than others,” said Kevin Howard, CEO of Adroit Worldwide Media Inc., a retail-technology provider that works with sensitive data including automated inventory tracking and provides pricing-content management. “There are retailers that have specifically requested that we sit on Azure,” he said, declining to name them.
“There has been an overfocus on flights, when in reality flights are a tiny minority of the overall travel market,” Barton said. “It is probably worth noting Expedia’s strategy has been to diversify its focus to trips instead of just tickets.”
“Our members are quite willing to help by retaining data on a user or a system, but making us save everything will just force the industry offshore,” Snape added.
The two of us are far less worried about sparks landing in Chicago or London than in Mumbai or Karachi. We wish Dallas had served as a teachable moment for what may be looming elsewhere in the world, instead of inspiring knee-jerk over-reassurance theater about our domestic ability to extinguish whatever Ebola sparks come our way…